L.E. `Lee' Kielman, 84, engineer, Exxon official

December 19, 2004

L.E. "Lee" Kielman, a retired civil engineer and Exxon official, died of Crohn's disease Thursday at Heartlands Senior Living Village in Ellicott City. He was 84.

Mr. Kielman was born and raised in Bay City, Texas, and earned a civil engineering degree from Texas A&M University in 1942.

After graduating from college, where he participated in ROTC, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army. An ordnance officer, he fought in the Battle of Okinawa. He had attained the rank of captain when he left the service in 1946.

He began his career in 1946 at what was then Esso Standard Oil Co. in Baltimore, and held several engineering and management positions at the company's East Baltimore refinery.

In 1957, he moved to the company's Hunt Valley office when he was promoted to manager of the engineering department of Exxon's eastern marketing region. He retired in 1982.

The longtime Catonsville resident was a 40-year member of Catonsville Presbyterian Church, where he had been an elder and trustee.

A history buff, he was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Society of the War of 1812. He also was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of the World Wars and the State Guard Association of the United States.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Dec. 29 at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road. Burial with full military honors will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 26 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Mr. Kielman is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Dorothy Schane Bader; four sons, L.E. Kielman Jr. of Linwood, Carroll County, George Fred Kielman of Ellicott City, J. Blake Kielman of Catonsville and William Scott Kielman of Towson; two daughters, Lillian Cecelia Koenig of Dumfries, Va., and Carol Bader Apicella of Sykesville; two brothers, Frederick S. Kielman Jr. of La Quinta, Texas, and Toxie Lee Kielman of Houston; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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